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Calipari wants six or seven guys scoring in double figures

Fresh off entertaining 30 dogs in his office, John Calipari hopped on the SEC Summer Teleconference to talk about his new squad. Given all of his recent comments, we know he’s excited about the group, which just started practice yesterday, but today, he got a little more specific about how he wants them to play. Cal said he wants six or seven guys averaging in double figures scoring, the most he’s had from any team since he came to Kentucky (the 2012 title team had five, plus Darius Miller averaging 9.9 points per game).

“I’d like to have six or seven guys in double figures scoring. There’s no one that’s going to average 25 points a game. You may get 25 in a game, but we don’t play through two guys. Everybody here is treated the same way. The other thing I said was, this isn’t communism. If you don’t deserve to play, you won’t play. If you do deserve to play, I’ll figure it out.”

Calipari said the thing he’s trying to impress on his team the most right now is the culture of Kentucky Basketball, both in terms of what players must do to succeed in the program and what the program means to the fans; the former is all about sacrifice.

“There’s a couple things that happen when you come here. First of all, the culture is about really spending time in this and really being trained and understanding that there’s competition. You’re not just doing this yourself, you’re going against other guys that are as good as you, maybe better.”

As for the latter, the team got a good taste of the Big Blue Nation on their train tour across the Bluegrass on Sunday, which he hopes will prepare them for the expectations to come.

“We just took a train ride and the reason I did it initially was because I wanted time with them and we did a lot of team building and part of that was talking about the expectations that are always on this program,” Cal said. “The biggest thing I had to talk to them about was, here is what the culture of Kentucky is but it won’t carry you; you have to carry the culture. You have to take it to the next level. If you don’t move this culture, this culture means nothing. This is what we’ve built the program on and around.”

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7 Comments for Calipari wants six or seven guys scoring in double figures



  1. BBaxterUK
    12:54 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Awesome, I’m excited!!!!



  2. Greatcatfan
    3:07 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Cal wants a team averaging in the 90s with the way he wants them to play defense. So he wants the his margins of victory somewhere in the 10-20 range? I’ll take a season where my chest isn’t hurting after ever game. 🙂



  3. trumpetguy
    3:55 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Must improve Assist/TO ratio a lot, plus simply get many more FG attempts. Don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I suspect UK was outscored from 3PT line a bunch, Can’t continue that either.



  4. CatManDo
    4:06 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Play tight defense, clean the glass, get the ball out quickly for high percentage fast break baskets. This is how the 2012 played and we know how well that went. I think we have a group of guys (and the depth) to do the same. Even though we seem to have good shooters, if we could reduce the reliance on half court offense it could be a special year.



    • trumpetguy
      8:38 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

      CatManDo, couldn’t agree more regarding half court offense. It is more like grind it out, play in quick sand offense and UK is getting stuck within 5 secs on shot clock WAY too often. All that does is shorten the game for the teams with less talent. Those are the games when all it takes to win is 60-65 points. Ask Virginia how that works in tourney time and the competition is greater! Reliance on half court offense will get us beat.



  5. ScottGreene22
    4:31 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Or 8 or 9!!!



    • bigbluebanana
      5:23 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

      If we get 9 players in double figures, that would have to be a sure fire sign!